Stars descend for Film Festival


Published 11/11/2009 | 14:47

Enjoying the Kerry Film Festival awards night in Fels Point Hotel on Friday night were Feraldine Hourigan, Sophie, Charlotte and Jacinta Costello, and Sharon O'Mahony. Credit: Photo: Frank O'Connor

A VERITABLE galaxy of stars descended on Tralee at the weekend for the closing stages of the 10th Kerry Film Festival.

Movies fans had the opportunity to hobnob with Oscar winning actor Daniel Day Lewis and up and coming acting talent Michael Fassbender star of recent Quentin Tarantino film Inglourious Basterds.

The Hollywood A-listers were in Tralee to attend the closing award ceremony of the film festival which took place at the Fels Point Hotel in Tralee on Saturday.

On the day director Rory Bresnihan walked away victorious from the Samhlaíocht Kerry Film Festival awards ceremony as his film 'The Man Inside' won the Best Short Film award.

The festival awards ceremony was hosted by RTE's Dave Fanning and the winning short film was chosen, as most of the winning films were, by the festival adjudicators actors Jeremy Irons, Michael Fassbender, visual effects artist Simon Brown and author and critic James Christopher who was also present for the awards ceremony.

Writer and director Rebecca Miller was also presented with the Maureen O'Hara Award and was accompanied to the ceremony by her husband Best Actor winner Daniel Day Lewis.

The €500 Best Irish Short Film award went to Conor Ferguson. The Best Documentary Short award, which also carries a €500 prize, was awarded to Tony Donoghue for his film "A Film from My Parish - 6 Farms."

This year's Best Animated Short Film was named as 'Elephants' from Sally Pearce and the festival's Best International Short award went to Susan Everett (Into The Woods) for her film 'Mother Mine' which tells the tale of a woman who is seeking a replacement mother following the death of her adoptive one.

The Audience Award on the night went to 'Valley of Knockanure' from Gerard Barrett which investigates the murder of three young men by British Forces in 1921 Ireland.

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